Medicine isn’t free market commodity
DON WARREN, GEORGETOWN
Re: Sept. 17 commentary, “Sanders’ drug plan puts Texas patients, companies in peril.”
I read the commentary by Russell Withers. Typical dialog of big pharma, a group of corporations who seem to think they can pick prices out of the air. Oh yes, the free market will solve this. My question is how? The doctor writes a prescription, then you take it to the pharmacy and get it filled. Can you refuse it? Can you bargain for a better price? Unlikely! This is much like medical care. How can the free market solve this? It is not a free market commodity.
As consumers, we can somewhat control pricing in the free market by not buying. So, the free market folks have decided that the free market will solve drug and medical care costs. I guess we could say, “Oh, I won’t buy that lifesaving drug.” Or refuse a hospital visit because it is too expensive. Isn’t that the way the free market works?